Voice Banking for ALS Patients

Over the past few years, we have assisted many ALS patients to bank their voice for later use in an SGD (speech generating device). It’s a wonderful technology which allows patients who are losing their voice to create a text to speech voice for Windows. One company, Model Talker, requires the patient to read in 1600 sentences which capture most phonemes in the English language. Another company, Acapela, can create a voice with as little Read More

by Bridging Voice March 29, 2019

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I AM ALS: A Community Approach to Combating the Disease I AM ALS: A Community Approach to Combating the Disease

Brian Barrett’s article “My Friend Was Struck by ALS. To Fight Back, He Built a Movement shares the work of Brian Wallach who was diagnosed with ALS and tapped into a lifetime of connections to give help and hope to the ALS community. The Wired article features Wallach’s story and organization, I AM ALS. I AM ALS raises awareness about the disease, centralizes and provides key resources to the community, and creates opportunities Read More

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NY Times Interview with Rebecca Luker, recently diagnosed with ALS, and “Proud I Can Still Sing” NY Times Interview with Rebecca Luker, recently diagnosed with ALS, and “Proud I Can Still Sing”

The New York Times interviewed Rebecca Luker, a Broadway soprano, who was recently diagnosed with ALS. The performer speaks about the progression of the disease and the vulnerability that comes with sharing a voice affected by ALS. Please read the article in full, here. As an organization dedicated to assisting people with neurodegenerative disorders by removing the barriers between them and assistive technology, Bridging Voice strives to ensure that no person Read More

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Serving You Remotely & Other COVID-19 Resources Serving You Remotely & Other COVID-19 Resources

The safety of our Bridging Voice network remains our top priority. With increased risk of respiratory issues associated with bacterial and viral infections, it is especially important to keep our ALS community safe and at a distance from potential harm. As we all continue to take proper precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, our team at Bridging Voice remains committed to putting safety first and dedicated to assisting our ALS Read More

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Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Steve Gleason, Founder of Team Gleason. Bridging Voice is proud to be a partner of Team Gleason Congressional Gold Medal awarded to Steve Gleason, Founder of Team Gleason. Bridging Voice is proud to be a partner of Team Gleason

Steve Gleason was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal to honor his work as an advocate and policy change-maker for people with ALS. The Congressional Gold Medal is considered the highest civil honor and awarded by the U.S. Congress. The Steve Gleason Act of 2015 amended title XVII of the Social Security Act to allow individuals with ALS, as well as any others who have Read More

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20,000 ALS Advocates Petition FDA 20,000 ALS Advocates Petition FDA

Read the full article and letter that I AM ALS  hand-delivered on July 24th, 2019 to the FDA along with a petition signed by over 20,000 advocates HERE. "For years, people living with ALS and additional ALS advocates have been asking the FDA to publish a revised ALS clinical trials guidance....The I AM ALS Clinical Trials Committee, made up of 15 patients Read More

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Video: Eye Tracking with Rusty Video: Eye Tracking with Rusty

Check out this video where our Technical Director explains eye tracking with the help of one of our amazing clients, Rusty.  Rusty uses eye tracking to communicate and manage her home. Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL8uXZLWEQs&t=8s   Read More

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Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) Brain-Computer Interface (BCI)

On May 3rd Bridging Voice was excited to host a brown bag discussion and demonstration on Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) technology at the JCC in Manhattan. The key presenter, Ms. Theresa Vaughan, is a researcher and Project Coordinator for BCI Clinical Studies at the National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies (NCAN). The NCAN is part of the Wadsworth Center, the Public Health Laboratories of the New York State Department of Health in Albany, New York. Ms. Vaughan Read More

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Gleason Documentary Gleason Documentary

GLEASON is an inspiring documentary about Steve Gleason, former NFL defensive back and New Orleans hero, who was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 34. This film incorporates personal video journals from Gleason for his then-unborn son to footage of his adventures undertaken as part of his mission to live his life to the fullest. Steve continues to be an inspiration and shares his life adventures (including the birth of Read More

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Voice Banking for ALS Patients Voice Banking for ALS Patients

Over the past few years, we have assisted many ALS patients to bank their voice for later use in an SGD (speech generating device). It’s a wonderful technology which allows patients who are losing their voice to create a text to speech voice for Windows. One company, Model Talker, requires the patient to read in 1600 sentences which capture most phonemes in the English language. Another company, Acapela, can create a voice with as little Read More

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Tobii Update: Longer Dwell Times for Prediction Buttons Tobii Update: Longer Dwell Times for Prediction Buttons

Tobii has incorporated one of the most important features into Communicator 5 Longer Dwell Time For Prediction Buttons – (Advanced Settings, Keyboards Settings, Settings tab) I have spent countless hours with patients tweaking their dwell times. It was always a big fight. They wanted to be able to type quickly so they wanted dwell times under 800ms. Then again, with such short dwell times, they would hit the wrong predicted word because they couldn’t read Read More

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